This position paper by Dr Ailsa Cook for What Works Scotland explores the concept of outcomes and their history; a concept at the centre of efforts to improve public services in Scotland, across the UK and beyond. A focus on outcomes has been an integral part of what has come to be known as the Scottish Approach to public service reform.
This seminar explored the place of outcomes-based approaches within public service reform in Scotland and their utility in the process of service reform.
What Works Scotland has welcomed a new publication discussing whether there is a distinct ‘Scottish approach’ to evidence-based policy-making. Members of the What Works Scotland team took part in the debates at a roundtable discussion with stakeholders from academia, the